Safe driving on Ps

You've got your licence, and stayed safe in the process – well done! You can drive and you're free to go where you want; you deserve to enjoy it.

But experience and research tell us that driving solo for the first time is a huge challenge, and different in ways you might not expect. For nearly everyone it's the riskiest time by far – crash statistics show that plainly.

Remember too that on your P-plates you only have an allowance of four demerit points – if you get distracted and make a reckless move, you could lose your licence.

Keep your licence and defy the ugly stats by staying in control of the learning process and reducing the risks.

The Keys2drive goal of zero harm in the first six months of P-plate driving is designed to get you focused on ways to keep the risk under your control.


Staying safe for six months is not the only objective – obviously, we all want to stay safe forever.

But, consider the larger objectives behind the goal:

  • It gives you a concrete purpose to work with, as opposed to the general idea of staying safe or not crashing.
  • Having a specific period of time to focus on helps to remind you that the risk is real, and is particularly high in that time period.
  • You can use it to remind you that a lot of people have not made it through the first six months of solo driving.
  • You can also use it to remind you that it would ruin your life to kill or hurt someone else. That's why we say zero harm.
  • When you do achieve the goal, you can feel confident to go on to better things.

Once the six months is over, focus on the things you learned to get you there, and how to apply that to becoming a safer and surer driver from then on. 

Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program providing learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a Keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor